Q. How do I enroll online?
A. Instructions located here. (APS Google login required)
Q. Who is covered under the Aurora Public Schools benefits plans?
A. All licensed employees working .5 FTE or more and all classified employees working 6 – 8 hours a day are covered. Classified employees working 4 or more hours, but fewer than 7, are eligible to receive coverage at a pro-rated rate. Spouse and dependent coverage is also available at an additional cost to employees.
As we near full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, some things are changing regarding the way APS employees are deemed eligible for health insurance benefits. Starting with the 2015-16 school year, eligibility for health insurance will be based on the average number of hours worked per week, (adjusted for scheduled breaks), from the beginning of the 2014-15 school year to April 1, 2015. All employees contracted at 30 hours a week and above in 2014-15 are now considered full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act and will be eligible for health insurance benefits in 2015-16. Employees contracted between 20 to 30 hours per week will continue to be offered health insurance at a prorated rate.
Employees who averaged over 30 hours per week during the above mentioned time period may be eligible for health insurance benefits. If you believe you fall into this category, and would like to enroll in one of our health insurance plans, please email your request to email@example.com, prior to May 15, 2015, so we can analyze your work time for eligibility.
A. If you are a new employee to the district, enrollment for benefits must be completed within your first 30 days of employment. Otherwise, you will need to wait until the open enrollment period in May. If you are a current employee, you are only eligible to change your benefits information in the case of a "qualifying event" (i.e. marriage, divorce, birth of a child, etc.). In the case of such event, the enrollment/change in benefits must take place within 30 days of the event. Please contact the benefits office for more information regarding "qualifying events".
Q. Once employed, when does coverage begin?
A. If you start on or before the 15th of the month, your benefits start the first of the following month. If you start after the 15th, your benefits will start on the 1st of the second month. For example, if you begin work on September 10th, your benefits coverage begins October 1st; if you begin work on September 20th, your benefits coverage begins on November 1st. If you elect not to enroll in the medical and dental plans within 30 days of your employment, you must wait until the open enrollment period, which is the month of May, for coverage commencing July 1. If you do not want benefit coverage please complete a waiver form (APS Google login required).
Q. What is the cost for medical and dental insurance?
A. APS subsidizes 95% of medical insurance and 75% of dental insurance for licensed employees working .5 FTE or more and for classified employees working 6 or more hours a day. Individual plan costs currently average less than $35 per month. You also have an option of coverage for your spouse and/or dependents at an additional cost.
Q. What is the cost for life insurance and long term disability?
A. APS provides life insurance (twice your annual salary) as long as you are employed by the district and long term disability for the first five years of employment with APS. After five years of employment with the district, you are covered by a short term disability plan through PERA. The imputed cost of coverage in excess of $50,000 must be included in income using the IRS Premium Table and is subject to Medicare taxes. On your statement of earnings this is reflected as “GTL” (Group Term Life).